The art of creating spider webs (DIY)

spiderwebUnless you actually are a spider, creating a realistic-looking spider web is very difficult. And at no time is this more important than Halloween.

You can of course invest in a web-gun which can give you effects to rival the webs that you see in the movies. But, the guns aren’t cheap, and they can be a bit complicated to use.

I don’t know about you, but I always tend to go  with the cotton-wool type stuff, which you can buy from most costume shops. I even go that little extra and opt for fluorescent webbing, which looks great under the blacklight.

webcaster creaing spider webs

However, the main problem is making it look good. This fluffy stuff is fiddly to use, and looks pretty rubbish if not done right.

Thankfully, there is now an online tutorial showing how to do it. Randomly, there is more than one to watch, and they are very short. But they’re essential viewing if you ask me!

Creating spider webs Part 1

Creating spider webs Part 2

Creating Spider Webs with a web caster gun

If you’re still not satisfied with the results but you’re having trouble finding a web caster gun (they’re not easy to come by in the UK and they cost around $50 in the US) there is another option that gives near cinematic results – if you can get it right.


Yep, apparently you can make your own. And I’ve found a great tutorial on how to do it. I must stress that I haven’t tried it out yet, but the guy giving the tutorial does work for a special effects company, which should count for something!

If you manage to create some great looking spider webs this year, why not share them on our Halloween photos page?

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Mr Halloween is the founder of Halloweenerrific. He lives for Halloween and pretty much spends the whole year in a perpetual Halloween, preparing for that all important night when everyone else celebrates it too. He loves cobwebs, skeletons and UV lights. He hates cheap, poorly made Halloween products.

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